Have your say on SSAF funding priorities


SSAF funding category refers directly to the legislative allowable use of SSAF funding.

The University wants to ensure that Student Service and Amenities Fee (SSAF) funds are used for initiatives that will give students the most benefit. Since 2013 we have asked you to tell us what services and amenities you want, and we will continue to use your feedback to determine SSAF spending in 2020 and beyond.

Did you know that 2019 SSAF funds were used to support provision of Studiosity, continue support of the LEAD program, continue development of careers services and develop support initiative for International students.

It's important that we continue to receive your feedback on services and amenities you want and the SSAF priorities already identified. You can provide feedback via email to SSAFpriorities@westernsydney.edu.au or you can approach your SRC representative or Campus Life Officers to discuss an idea or to suggest a service or amenity you think the University needs, or needs to improve. Find out more about SSAF funding priorities.

How is SSAF funding spent?

SSAF funding is allocated in two pots; centrally held SSAF funds which support ongoing student services and amenities and funds for new or enhanced services managed by the Student Experience Office.

The funding allocated towards new or enhanced services is split into five categories (or funding priorities), including funds for Student Representative structures, long term strategic projects and a bidding process via student and staff funding proposals. You can find out more about the funding priorities on the funding priorities webpage.

You can find out how SSAF funding was spent.

We feel you are entitled to know where SSAF funds have been spent as soon as possible. Please see below the 2017 priorities for SSAF spending on new initiatives or enhancements for current initiatives.

2017 new and enhanced priorities for SSAF funds

Project 2017 funding
Support of Student Representation Committee and Student Campus Councils $100,000
Sitting Fees$70,000
Provision of free breakfasts $122,000
Representative Sport funding $200,000
Social Sport funding$65,000
Provision of Out and About tours and activities $124,000
Provision of recreational activities - The College $65,000
Provision of recreational activities - International College$15,000
Funding for Western Sydney University Clubs and Societies administered through Connect, including ongoing support of OrgSync $155,000
Child care subsidies $200,000
Student Legal Service $250,000
Mental Health and Wellbeing promotions $170,000
Chaplaincy support $210,000
Development of student support requirements $56,000
Support of the Respect.Now.Always initiative $71,000
Continued support e-Careers including Careers Connect Mentoring $439,000
Ongoing support of the LEAD program $200,000
Services which support safe access for students to reading and study areas after business hours $60,000
Production of W'SUP student newspaper $100,000
Provision of programs such as; Study Smart (Library Roving); MESH Library Roving; academic literacy (PASSOnline), YourTutor and various School based initiatives $924,500
Civic engagement project $91,000
Social Engagement & Leadership Program (SELP) $65,000
International student support, including network café, cultural celebrations, recreational events, airport helpdesk, peer mentoring (pre-departure)$150,000
 $3,902,500

2020 Bidding process

Since the introduction of SSAF, Western Sydney University students and staff have been invited to be directly involved in how SSAF funding is spent, by bidding for a portion of the SSAF funding.

Western Sydney University students and staff will have the opportunity to be directly involved in how 2020 SSAF funding is spent, by bidding for a portion of the SSAF funding via an online funding proposal. Proposals will be assessed on a set of criteria, including the most benefit for the most students, and must address on or more of the services and amenities listed in the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services Amenities) Bill 2010.

Proposals for 2020 SSAF funds will open on 19 August and close on 20 September 2019.

Please refer to the SSAF funding proposal webpage for more information.

If you have any questions about your funding proposal, please contact your Student Representative Council (SRC) representative, Campus Life Assistant (for clubs proposals), or email SSAFpriorities@westernsydney.edu.au

Want to see what your SSAF has funded?

For an image gallery of SSAF funded projects and initiatives please visit the SSAF galleries:

SSAF FAQs

I don't think SSAF funding benefits me

If you feel like the current initiatives being funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) do not benefit you, we want to know what services or amenities would be beneficial to a student in your circumstances. Please email any ideas to SSAFpriorities@westernsydney.edu.au or talk to the Student Representative Council (SRC).

Can you put some of the money towards improving parking issues?

Parking is not an allowable use of the SSAF income. The fee income needs to be spent according to the legislation and the Student Services, Amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines. Please see the allowable uses of SSAF for a full list of what we can spend SSAF funds on.

I want better sporting facilities

After receiving your feedback, SSAF funds have been allocated to several projects involving sporting facilities at University campuses. For example since 2013 there have been upgrades to multipurpose courts on Kingswood, Bankstown, Hawkesbury and Parramatta campuses. And while not a facility, SSAF continues to support representative sport including teams attending Eastern University and Australian University Games.

If there is a particular recreational facility or sporting equipment you would like considered, please email SSAFpriorities@westernsydney.edu.au

Keep your eyes on the SSAF Priorities page for more updates.

I'm studying through Western Sydney University Online, do I have to pay SSAF?

If you are only enrolled in fully online units, you will not have to pay SSAF.

However, if at any time you are enrolled in a combination of online and face to face units, you will be charged the relevant amount of SSAF based on your full half year load.